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KEY BENEFITS OF RSK : IMPROVED DRR, PREPOSITIONING AND DISASTER RESPONSE

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Disaster preparedness program in Myanmar Delta village

IMPROVED DRR

Aid agencies have an important role to play in improving DRR and shelter Disaster Preparedness Programs (DPPs) are one way to asist with this process. Staff of NGOs who attended training in how to prepare and assemble bamboo RSKs have recently shown how successfully the shelter kits can be used for shelter DPPs in the Myanmar Delta and Northern Shan State.

PREPOSITIONING OF BAMBOO RSKs

Aid organisations can now work with communities at risk from recurring floods to preposition bamboo RSKs. The bamboo RSK is ideal for this purpose as only 3 metre and 4 metre poles need to be stored. Final trimming to length is only required at the point of usage.

IMPROVING DISASTER RESPONSE

Aid agencies will eventually have communities that are trained to erect their own RSK shelter frames in preparation for delivery of tarpaulins. This will enable the agency to focus on tent delivery for more specialist applications including medical and welfare needs.

It will also be possible to erect RSKs on sloping hillsides that are unsuitable for tents, and in urban disasters RSKs can be cut down to fit available spaces where tents cannot be used.

As the RSK uses 33% less bamboo than any other shelter transportation costs will be greatly reduced.

The existing IFRC shelter toolkits work well with the bamboo RSK and will greatly assist to upgrade the emergency shelters to more permanent transitional shelters or classrooms as required.

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IFRC shelter kit tools work well with the bamboo RSK

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